This course will familiarize homeland defenders and deploying professionals with the history of the Middle East. The focus of the course is on Islam as a religion and a way of life. Students will gain a better understanding of the depth and intensity of religiously-motivated terrorism and its impact on homeland security and nation-building efforts.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • List the various groups, with respect to ethnicity, religion, language, and nation, of the Middle Eastern descent residing in the United States and discuss the cultural fault lines between these groups.
  • Describe the influence of Arab culture on the ethics of Muslims today.
  • Compare and contrast Arab and American cultural values.
  • Describe legendary Arab physiognomic powers.
  • Describe Arab belief system before Islam and the creation and foundation of Islam.
  • Discuss the set of religious beliefs and practices of Muslims.
  • Describe the impact of the concept of Jihad on the life of Muslims today.
  • Compare and contrast the ethics of martyrdom, suicide terror, and Jihad terrorism.
  • Discuss the history of the Islamic Empires and cultural impact on militant Islam today.
  • Discuss the cultural renaissance of the Islamic Empires and its cultural impact on militant Islam.
  • Discuss the political legacy of the Islamic Empires and its political impact on militant Islam.
  • Describe the relationship of the various sectarian groups within Islam and Islam in America.
  • List the various agencies of the U.S. foreign intelligence community.
  • Describe the intelligence production cycle.
  • Discuss the utility of intelligence sources and methods in the fight against terrorism.
  • Describe the intelligence security classification system and its impact on anti-terror efforts.
  • Discuss basic definitions and forms of the Arabic language used today.
  • Identify aspects of Arabic alphabet, word structure, and soft vowels with direct impact on transliteration of Arabic names.
  • Decipher Arabic names, including compound and nicknames, to identify affiliations with respect to ethnicity; religion or sect; and national, regional, and colonial traditions.
  • Demonstrate good cop/bad cop behavior in the context of Arab/Islam cultural norms.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 3 days/24 hours.

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Military (Intel only).